INTERESTING ARTICLES: Virat Kohli only second to Don Bradman to 25 Test centuries

25 – Centuries for Virat Kohli in Tests, in 127 innings. Only Sir Don Bradman (in 68 innings) had completed 25 hundreds in fewer innings. Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar had taken 130 and 138 innings respectively. Kohli is the 21st batsman to register 25 or more centuries in Test cricket, and the fourth from India.

6 – Hundreds by Kohli in Tests in Australia in just 19 innings. Only two visiting batsmen have scored more: nine centuries by Jack Hobbs in 45 innings and seven by Wally Hammond in 35 innings. Herbert Sutcliffe and Tendulkar also scored six centuries each.

0 – Visiting batsmen to have averaged higher in Australia since 1990 than Kohli, with a minimum of 15 innings. He averaged over 63 when he crossed 100 in this innings. Only one other batsman has averaged over 50 in this period – Tendulkar (53.20). Overall, Kohli’s average is the fifth-best for any batsman with over 15 innings in Australia and the best by any Asian batsman.

10 – Centuries for Kohli in Australia, South Africa and England combined, in just 49 innings. Among Asian batsmen, only Tendulkar has more – 15 hundreds in 96 innings. December 2011 onwards, all other India batsmen combined have scored only 10 centuries.

34 – Centuries as captain for Kohli across International formats – the second-most. He went past Graeme Smith who had 33 centuries as captain. Now only Ricky Ponting has more – 41 hundreds. As captain, Kohli has scored 18 centuries in Tests and 16 in ODIs.

4 – Venues in Australia where Kohli has scored centuries – three in Adelaide, and one each in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Brisbane is the only one among Australia’s prominent venues where Kohli is yet to score a hundred. Tendulkar also scored centuries at these same four venues in his career.

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